Mozart Among the Mages (GameSpy)

I often wonder how Blizzard would react if I told them that watching the loading screen on the evening of November 23, 2010 was my favorite experience in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. No, not even watching — listening — to the loading screen. Blizzard had just released the vital “Shattering” patch a few hours before, and I quickly found myself marooned about 2,000 spots from the front of my crowded server’s queue with a lengthy wait before me. Over the next hour or so, I imagined reasons for the pauses and leaps in the queue’s descent. I watched as the mad dragon Deathwing’s sulfuric huffing mocked my impatience over the ruined spires of Stormwind. And, most importantly, I listened. That’s where Cataclysm got me.

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